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Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 03/26/2009

Easter Eats

By Julia Beizer

Enjoy the atmosphere in Eventide's dining room on Easter Sunday. (Julia Beizer)

With Easter Sunday just a skip, jump and bunny hop away, I've pulled together a list of a few places offering brunch on April 12. A slew of restaurants have opened around here lately, offering you the opportunity to try a new place while getting all of your family members around the table for a holiday meal.

Let's start with the newcomers. Expect business-as-usual brunch at Eventide, Clarendon's most recent addition to the fine-dining scene. From 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., brunchers can choose options like citrus-cured trout salad, lobster and parmesan grits and brioche French toast. Items on the a la carte menu range from $8 to $16.

Brabo, Robert Wiedmaier's restaurant in Old Town's new Kimpton hotel, is gearing up for brunch this year with a slew of $14 entrees including hotcakes, Scottish smoked salmon on a bagel, and pork belly with poached eggs and potato cakes. Get your drink on at the do-it-yourself bloody mary bar. Pay $9 to $12 for your vodka of choice and top it with V8, Old Bay and even non-traditional items like marinated string beans.

CommonWealth's three-course menu works like this: order an entree like maple- and mustard-glazed ham ($25) or whole roasted fish for two ($20 per person) and that price includes an appetizer and dessert that you can choose from the special Easter menu. The regular brunch and Sunday roast menus will also be available. A beer pairing costs an extra $15.

Vinifera, the wine bar and bistro located within the Westin Reston Heights, will be a zoo on Easter Sunday. Literally. The Reston Zoo will set up shop on the restaurant's lawn with bunnies, chicks and lambs that children can pet. Two Easter egg hunts (at noon and 2 p.m.) and a visit from the Easter Bunny round out the family-friendly fun. Oh, and the food. A la carte items like toasted almond pancakes and lobster scrambled eggs cost between $9 and $18.

Silver Spring's McGinty's has never been known for its haute cuisine, but on Easter, it will be known as a good place to bring your family. The pub's fixed-price menu is only $19.95 (children can order off the children's menu for $5.95 and score a dessert along with brunch). A la carte items run from $5-$15. Brunch is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., but the Easter Bunny will only be in attendance from noon until 3 p.m.

In Chevy Chase, Lia's will be offering its usual brunch service (items like eggs Chesapeake and house-cured salmon) from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. General Manager Geoffrey Fisher expects that the restaurant will offer some special menu items on the day, but don't look for bunny rabbits here. "Maybe I'll put on some ears," he jokes.

A favorite date spot for me and my daddy, Reston's Jasmine Cafe usually draws a large Easter crowd to its Lake Anne locale. The specials aren't nailed down yet, but chef Eduardo Faubert expects that lamb, smoked cod and blintzes will be among them -- along with a slew of chocolate desserts. Hope for good weather: the restaurant's patio is one of its best features. "Lake Anne really blossoms in the spring," says Faubert.

Bethesda's Black's Bar and Kitchen will augment its usual brunch buffet for the holiday. Expect shaved lamb to join the seafood options, carving stations, egg dishes and fresh fruit. The meal, served from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., will set you back $42; it's $54 when you add unlimited champagne. Children under 12 eat for $12.

Pan-fried Rappahannock oysters, morel soup, crispy Arctic char and a springy farfalle dot the Easter menu at Equinox, a restaurant recently visited by the Obamas. Adults pay $45 for the prix-fixe; children's meals are $25.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Oval Room is also going prix-fixe. For $45 per person, guests can choose appetizers like white asparagus soup or goat cheese custard and entrees like striped bass or beef sirloin. Dessert options include toasted coconut cream tart with green tea and lemongrass sorbet.

For more options, check out the list on OpenTable.

-- Julia

By Julia Beizer  | March 26, 2009; 12:50 PM ET
Categories:  Restaurants  
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